ALLEN READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE AT MONZA
Panis Racing driver James Allen and his Oreca 07 along with co-drivers Will Stevens and Julien Canal are ready to go head to head with some of its toughest competitors ahead of the scheduled 4 Hours of Monza this weekend, here at the temple of speed Allen is fighting back from this current seasons challenges and ready to finish in the points.
Allen and team are currently placed 4th in the overall championship standings of the European LeMans Series.
With an unfortune rocky start to the race weekend here at Monza, Allen qualified in 8th position, a tremendous effort for his first qualifying session of the season.
“It was a tough qualifying session today. We had really good pace and I was very happy on the first set of tyres but unfortunately, we weren’t able to maximise the second set like some of the other front running car. Overall P8 is place we can fight from tomorrow.”
After running in the bottom half of the top ten for the beginning of the weekend with the collective test which took place on Thursday and both free practice one and two the team have worked tirelessly on the set up allowing Allen to push the car to its limits enabling him to put the car on the forth row for tomorrow’s race.
“I’m feeling quite good about the race tomorrow. This race is crucial to our overall contention for the championship so I think we need to be careful because I do expect there will be a few full course yellows and possibly safety car during the race but we’ve made great progress with our pace over the weekend and I believe between Will, Julien and myself we can get a good result.”
The 4 Hours of Monza will begin at 11:00 AM local time.
#41 Team WRT - 60
#26 G-Drive Racing - 57
#22 United Autosports - 39
#65 Panis Racing – 22.5
#25 G-Drive Racing - 22
ALLEN CONFIDENT AFTER MOTORLAND TEST
Panis Racing driver James Allen of the No. 65 LMP2 is feeling confident ahead of the ’24 Hours of Le Mans’ after two full days of night testing at Motorland Aragon along with co-drivers Will Stevens and Julien Canal. After new restrictions placed on the LMP2 category since the introduction of the emerging ‘Hypercar’ category testing could not have been more vital in preparation for Le Mans.
Completing over 158 laps over the two days, all drivers worked tirelessly to push the car and find its limits. During Allen’s opening stint in which he set the fastest time on the board it became apparent that he was gaining crucial knowledge and data to rely back to the team in order to create the perfect intergration between driver and car.
“Despite the hot conditions, I am extremely happy with the results of our pre-Le Mans test.”
Allen, Canal and Stevens overcame many challenges using the latest spec of ‘Good Year’ tyres. All three drivers pushed the tyres in order to further develop an understanding of where each driver needs improvement ahead of Le Mans. For Allen despite the blistering conditions on track he succeeded in his display of tyre management, not once compromising on pace whilst using both new slicks and used slicks from previous events on each run.
“This years spec of Goodyear tire is quite different to previous years in LMP2 so exploring different tire pressures and starting temperatures for grip and balance as well as tire life have been an important part of testing for the last two days, I’m very happy with the data received in regards to my tyre management and we’ve definitely learned a lot about the tyres for Le Mans.”
This pre-Le Mans test was crucial since the intergration of the 2021 ‘Hypercar’ category, the team are yet to compete alongside the hypercar, the LMP2 has been required to make many changes to the weight of the car including adding 20 kgs. of weight and have been required to reduce the horse power of the Gibson engine by 50 kW. Along with the restrictions the LMP2 car runs a unique aero kit for the 24 hours of Le Mans that allows for higher top speed along the long straights at Le Mans at the expense of some downforce, meaning this test was crucial for potential success at Le Mans.
“We don’t use the Le Mans aero kit during the ELMS season like in WEC so there was a lot of focus on trying to adapt the car to the low drag setup. We
tested several different options with the suspension and ride height and we feel like we have made some serious improvements to the car.”
The entire team had a very enjoyable few days of private testing. Allen, Canal and Stevens have benefited immensely from the private time together at Motorland Aragon and have grown together as a team. Both Canal and Stevens run in the European Le Mans Series full-time with Allen and look forward to competing together at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 10th and 11th of July.
“It has been really nice to keep the driver line-up the same between Le Mans and the ELMS season so we’ve had time to get to know each other and work together. Will and Julien have been helpful as they have been all season in terms of procedures with the team as well as learning of each other’s driving styles through data and I’m confident we have made each other stronger together leading up to Le Mans.”
James Allen will race again on the 11th of July in the 4 Hours of Monza.